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The Firefly Shakespeare episode that never happened


Reason number ten million why Firefly shouldn't have been cancelled...

The Firefly Shakespeare episode that never happened - which would have featured Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, and James Marsters

In an interview with TotalFilm, Joss Whedon revealed a previously unknown piece of Firefly trivia. In his own words:

"I had planned to do an episode of Firefly with Amy [Acker] and Alexis [Denisof] and James Marsters as part of a travelling Shakespeare troupe. Because it's sort of a staple of the John Ford westerns is that there's always that over-the-top theatre guy, and I thought it would be terrific having them trying to put on a play in the cargo bay. But, I don't know if you know this, but we were cancelled; so I didn't get to do it."

Fred and Wesley and Spike performing Shakespeare on Serenity? Best. Hypothetical. Episode. Ever.

Firefly meets Angel meets Shakespeare? A world of yes.

For Whedonites, this would have been insanely awesome, because not only did Firefly manage to establish itself as one of the best shows ever (if not even the very best) in its ridiculously short run (or flight), but Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, and James Marsters are three of the very best actors that Joss has ever worked with. And given that one of the consistent highlights of his many-facetedly awesome work is the acting, that's saying a lot. And, of course, Shakespeare's writing's kind of good too. So it would have been a confluence of two of the best writers of all time with three of the best actors of our generation.

'Much Ado About Nothing' (2013) stars Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker could have performed Shakespeare in an episode of Firefly

James Marsters could have performed Shakespeare in an episode of Firefly

This would probably have been the most awesome episode of anything ever, surpassing even Joss Whedon's own musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 'Once More, With Feeling'.

And, as such, it just makes Firefly's cancellation all the more painful.

Of course, maybe Fox had somehow seen the future, and realised that an episode of such awesomeness would inevitably rupture the space-time continuum, and thus destroy the entire universe. So in that case, then by cancelling Firefly, Fox actually saved the world. Maybe. (Giving them the benefit of the doubt here.)

At the news of such an incredible missed opportunity, the natural thing for Browncoats to do is to get out their Firefly soundtracks and listen to Greg Edmonson's “The Funeral” - the music of pain. (But not in the sense in which Xander refers to country music...) Or, as it should henceforth be known, “Ode to Lost Hypothetical Further Awesomeness”.

However, perhaps there's an upside to the fact that we'll never see the Firefly episode where Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, and James Marsters try to perform Shakespeare aboard Serenity. (An upside? Did that sentence just make some kind of sense that I'm not in on?) Perhaps it's one of those things where the potential is so awesome, that it's better not to watch it but just to imagine it for oneself. For instance, former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies refuses to watch the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode 'Darmok', because he doesn't think it can possibly live up to its concept of an alien race that talks entirely in metaphors.


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#1 What might have been Carla J. Alexander 2013-06-24 11:47
Perhaps they're right (Does anyone know CPR? I may choke on those words!) the point I'm getting at is it MIGHT HAVE BEEN too good a thing to have come to pass. Is Mankind (or at least the noble breed of Nerdkind of which I am a proud member) ready for such awesomeness? I must keep telling myself "NO, we were and are not." It would have been Icarus FireFlying too close to the Earth's sun all over again. And I won't even mention the precident set by Capt. Kirk by having a traveling Shakespearean troup on board the old NCC1701 [even if the play WAS the thing with which to catch...a long thought dead war-crimimal (sans the war)] that would just be too much!

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